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If you are a GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test Engineering) aspirant who is aiming at Ph.D., then there is some good news for you this 2019. Punjab University (PU) has relaxed the criteria for application to its Ph.D. course (in Engineering) through GATE.

In 2019-2020 academic sessions, GATE qualifying candidates would be seen eligible for Ph.D. admissions at PU. Earlier PU has fixed the score whereby candidates scoring below the notified score (even if qualifying GATE) were seen ineligible for admission to the Ph.D. courses.

With this notification, PU has opened the doors for candidates who have qualified GATE 2016, GATE 2017, GATE 2018 (as GATE score is valid for three years) to take admissions in the Ph.D. courses.

The move came after long pending demand from candidates who were citing this fixation of a score for admission as criteria stringent than even IITs and NITs. Now, those candidates who are preparing for GATE 2019 exam can apply for PU directly (if they qualify GATE).

With GATE 2019 just a little over a month ago the news is sure to boost the morale of aspirants. Meanwhile, the admit cards for GATE 2019 would be released this month on the official website of IIT Madras (the official GATE 2019 Exam conducting authority).

GATE 2019 Important dates  

Candidates who have applied for GATE 2019 must take a note of important dates related to the exam cycle. This would help aspirants to keep abreast with the examination cycle.

For the reference of the candidates we have tabled the important dates related to the GATE 2019 exam below:


Date (Tentative)

Release of GATE 2019 Admit Card

January 4th, 2019

GATE 2019 Exam

February 2nd to February 10th, 2019

Publishing of gate 2019 Response Sheets

The third week of February 2019

Release of GATE 2019 Answer keys

End of February 2019

GATE 2019 Result

March 16th-17th, 2019

GATE 2019 Scorecard would be available

March 20th-21st to May 31st, 2019

Candidates must note that the above-mentioned dates are tentative and may change if required on the discretion of GATE 2019 exam conducting authority. For the latest updates in regards to the GATE 2019 exam cycle candidates are advised to visit the official website regularly.

Move to benefit students

The officials from Punjab University (PU) said that the move would especially benefit the students of University Institute of Engineering Technology and University Institute (UIET) of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET) apart from other students who are willing to take admissions in Ph.D. at PU. Both UICET and UIET are part of the Punjab University.

The fixing of 350 as the minimum qualifying in GATE for Ph.D. admissions in PU was making good candidates remain ineligible so, the move was awaited form the side of official authorities. However, PU made it clear that lowering of eligibility standards in terms of GATE score wouldn’t mean that below average students would be granted admissions.

Interview for Ph.D. admissions

To better asses’ aspirants for grant of admission in Ph.D. programs (in engineering) officials at PU have given a hint that the University might adopt interview as a stage for selecting candidates.

Assessing candidates through multiple rounds for the grant of admission in Ph.D. is a common practice. By going for an interview as the method of selection of candidates for Ph.D. courses PU would ensure that only deserving candidates are inducted.

Admit cards to be released for GATE 2019

Admit cards for GATE 2019 would be made available for download on the official website from January 4th, 2019. Candidates who have applied for the GATE 2019 exam can download the same by visiting

Following steps are to be followed in order to download the GATE 2019 admit card:

  • Visit the Official website and click on GATE 2019 tab.

  • Click on GATE 2019 Admit Card

  • Login to the GOAPS by filling in Username and Password

  • Click on Submit

  • Admit card would appear on the screen

  • Save the GATE 2019 Admit card in PDF format

  • Take 2-3 printouts of the PDF

Candidates are advised to download the GATE 2019 admit cards timely so, as to avoid last time server issues. For any discrepancy in regards to the GATE 2019 Admit card candidates are advised to contact the official authorities through following channels:

Address: Organizing Chairman, GATE 2019 GATE Office, Indian Institute of Technology Madras Chennai-600036, Tamil Nadu


PHONE: 044-22578200

FAX NO: 044-22578204

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